My Country Tis of Thee
My Country Tis of Thee, also called "America", is one of our most stirring patriotic songs.
This page has an easy but nicely harmonized version of America for late elementary piano students. In addition, I have included a downloadable pdf of the "My Country 'Tis of Thee" lyrics. (For lead sheet versions and easy guitar tabs for this song, see this page.)
When I was a girl, this was one of the songs we sang at school. I seem to remember singing lots of patriotic songs as a schoolgirl; I wonder if kids still do that.
From AmericaTheBeautiful.com, nice photos & videos, and children's voices singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee":
Here is My Country Tis of Thee for second or third year piano students, depending on the student.
I had fingering in my own copy, but have had a change of mind about including it for you, since there are different ways the fingering can go.
Think of this, instead, as an opportunity to discuss good fingering with your student, and try different approaches to the notes. I would use some finger replacement as well as crossing over and tucking under; see what you and your student prefer!
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
Notice the two broken chords in the second half of My Country 'Tis of Thee.
The F chord is easy, but the C inversion will be easier to understand and play if your student has already been exposed to the cadences and chord inversions found in the page 12 Major Scales and Chords for Piano.
Here is a performance of Josh Groban and Heather Headley singing live at Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. -- a very polished production:
For group or classroom use, you may find this printable PDF of America's lyrics handy to download:
The link for the piano music:
Download "My Country Tis of Thee" (America) for piano
The link for the lyrics for America:
Download America lyrics, "My Country 'Tis of Thee", free
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Hi, I'm Dana! (Say that like "Anna".) I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.
Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.
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